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Skia ora *|FNAME|*,

Déjà vu with this weekend's weather. I could go on about the avalanche advisory or, whether chains will be required or I could just say - WOOHOO! It is going to be an amazing weekend in the mountains right up and down the country!! Get into it, be safe and have an amazing time!!

A huge congratulations to Piera Hudson, Willis Feasey and Adam Barwood for winning the National Alpine titles for 2014! There are a host of other events on this weekend.

Saturday: Treble Cone Alpine Masters, Rainbow Atomic Masters, Karl Burtscher Snr Memorial GS at Roundhill, Gnomes Freeride Weekend at Temple Basin, Winnie Bagoes Community Park Jam at Porters, NZ Youth Series (NZYS) & NZYS Nationals GS/SL at Coronet Peak, Broken River Club Champs, and the Rainbow 10th Anniversary Masters Dinner at the Alpine Lodge in St Arnaud.
Sunday: Tertiary Week starts at Temple Basin, Amuri Club Champs at Hanmer Springs Ski Area,
From Monday: North Island Primary School Ski Champs at Whakapapa, Wanaka Dog Sled Festival at Snowfarm.
Feature Event: K2 Big Mountain at Cragieburn. The K2 Big Mountain is celebrating its 16th anniversary this year!! The K2 Big Mountain is the premier event in the CHILL Series calendar. The four day event at Craigieburn Valley includes two days of competition in some of NZ’s gnarliest terrain. The event is known for its entertainment value with competitors straight-lining tight chutes, jumping enormous cliffs and pushing what’s possible (and sane) on skis and snowboard, it’s one hell of a show.

Get out there and enjoy this weekend!!
Scotty - Snow Editor

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North Island:

Scattered snow showers, turning to patchy drizzle tomorrow evening. Winds: Southerly gales, easing about Egmont National Park tomorrow morning. FREEZING LEVEL: 1800 metres in the north, sloping to 800 metres in south.becoming 800 metres everywhere tonight, rising to 1400 metres tomorrow night.
Saturday: Showers, falling as snow down to 1300 metres in the east. Strong or gale southerlies. FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 2000 metres in the west, sloping to 1500 metres in the east.
Sunday: Showers, mainly in the east, falling as snow down to 1100 metres there. Fresh southerlies. FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 1600 metres in the west and 1200 metres in the east.

South Island:

Nelson Lakes National Parks: Fine weather. Southern Alps and Kaikoura Ranges: Mostly fine, but cloudy with snow showers about and north of Mt Cook clearing early tomorrow. Patchy drizzle tomorrow evening about the Kaikoura ranges. Fiordland Mountains: Mainly fine, but snow showers in the far south, clearing overnight. Winds: Southerlies, strong to gale in exposed places. FREEZING LEVEL: 800 metres, rising to 2000 metres tomorrow night.
Saturday: Mainly fine, but mostly cloudy in the east about and north of Arthurs Pass with some showers. Southerlies. FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 2000 metres throughout.
Sunday: Mainly fine. Southerlies. FREEZING LEVEL: 2000 metres, lowering to 1200 metres in the east.

Ski Area Fri 22nd Sat 23rd Sun 24th
Ruapehu dayclear daysnowshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear dayclear
Taranaki daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Nelson / St Arnaud dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
North Canterbury dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Canterbury dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
The MacKenzie dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Wanaka dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Queenstown dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear

Forecast for New Zealand ski areas supplied by snow-forecast.com


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